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Stakeholders weigh in on California’s bail system at public hearing

News: 2017 Press Release

For Release: January 31, 2017
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Stakeholders weigh in on California’s bail system at public hearing
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to render recommendations following public input

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement after holding a public hearing today on California's bail system:

"I thank all who attended today's hearing and provided valuable input regarding California's bail system. The goal of this hearing was to explore the bail system in California, including the current structure and process, and to hear from various interested parties about their perspectives on the current bail system and potential options for reform. The public hearing process is an important step in considering all potential impacts and possibilities for improvements. The California Department of Insurance has regulated the bail bond business since the passage of the Bail Bond Regulatory Act in 1937; however, my department lacks the resources to allow for a comprehensive bail enforcement program. Another important issue raised today is whether it is fair or constitutional to have a bail system that detains people who are unable to afford bail while releasing wealthier people who are able to pay bail. As the regulator of more than 3,000 bail agents and the nearly 20 insurers issuing bail bonds, I take very seriously the issues discussed today. I welcome additional comments from any and all members of the public and will make my recommendations in the coming weeks."

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Media Notes:

Led by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, the California Department of Insurance is the consumer protection agency for the nation's largest insurance marketplace and safeguards all of the state’s consumers by fairly regulating the insurance industry. Under the Commissioner’s direction, the Department uses its authority to protect Californians from insurance rates that are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory, oversee insurer solvency to pay claims, set standards for agents and broker licensing, perform market conduct reviews of insurance companies, resolve consumer complaints, and investigate and prosecute insurance fraud. Consumers are urged to call 1-800-927-4357 with any questions or contact us at via webform or online chat. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357. Teletypewriter (TTY), please dial 800-482-4833.

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